Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Coldplay at The O2

Last night I went along to my last concert of the year and what an amazing event it was. Put together one of the best bands in the world and what surely must be one of the best venues in the world and you've got a memorable experience.

Coldplay (above, sorry for the poor quality pic!) were just so full of energy and the crowd of 10,000 went wild. The O2, as a venue, has to be seen to be believed and is a testament to Harry Crosbie, O2 and Live Nation.

I think I'll make this my last post for 2008 so I'd like to take this opp to thank you all for reading, e-mailing and whatnot and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year!


Monday, December 22, 2008


At the premiere were: 1. Rachel Kavanagh; 2. Nadine Wai O’Flynn and Astrid Brennan; 3. Natasha Rocca Devine.


Jacob’s Creek has partnered with AUSTRALIA, the new Baz Luhrmann film, as the exclusive global wine partner and to celebrate this Jacob’s Creek hosted a gala screening in Movies @ Dundrum and post screening party in Harvey Nichols.

Guests who attended included writer Marian Keyes, Karen Koster, models Joanne Dever and Rachel Wyse, Jayne O’Keeffe and Mike Reilly, Veronica Ryan, Sandra Byrne, Ben Bringer and Nadine Wai O’Flynn to name but a few. After the screening guests traversed the courtyard, which reflected scenes from the movie, and made their way to Harvey Nicks where Jacob’s Creek hosted an unforgettable party complete with didgeridoo player.

Starring two of the world’s biggest stars, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, AUSTRALIA is directed by Baz Luhrmann a revolutionary filmmaker at the peak of his career. The movie has already generated high awareness, and there is a sense of buzz and anticipation surrounding its official launch, scheduled for December 26th.

AUSTRALIA is an epic and romantic action adventure, set in that country on the explosive brink of World War II. In it, an English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to the faraway continent, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to still face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbour. With his new film, Luhrmann is painting on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.

It’s an adventure as epic as the land in which its story unfolds.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Winter Style at The Lexus Chase

Pictured at the announcement of Winter Style at The Lexus Chase were Jenny Lee Masterson, Lizanna Kirwan and Aoife Cogan.

On Sunday 28th December, the glamour stakes will be under Starter’s Orders when Lexus Ireland hosts the most stylish competition of the annual Leopardstown Christmas National Hunt Festival Winter Style at The Lexus Chase.

With a guaranteed minimum prize fund of €200,000, the Grade 1 Lexus Chase is the richest race in the winter national hunt calendar. And, with a competition prize pack valued at 15,000, Winter Style at The Lexus Chase is the richest Ladies Day prize of the winter season also.

Presented by Lexus Ireland in association with The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt, the winner of Winter Style at The Lexus Chase will be the lady whose style, poise and glamour personifies festive style and the winter season. Leading the selection panel this Christmas will be Lexus Style Ambassador and Ireland’s most-stylish woman, Lisa Fitzpatrick.

The €15,000 Winter Style at The Lexus Chase prize pack includes:

  • Transfers to The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt, including Lexus chauffeur transfers
  • Two nights in the hotel’s ultra-exclusive Presidential Suite (where each nightly stay costs €5,000!)
  • Pampering in the hotel’s ESPA spa
  • Dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt
  • A €2,000 Dundrum Town Centre shopping spree with lunch at Roly Saul Dundrum and a Personal Style Consultation

A prize worth winning I’m sure you’ll agree, so get out those glad rags!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


At the launch of Click were: 1. Brian Barnes and Corina Gaffney; 2. Lucy Kennedy; 3. Elaine Stenson and Roisin Ni Mhordha.


CLICK Magazine, launched this week, is Ireland’s first Movies, Games and Gadgets Magazine. The glossy, full colour CLICK offers 130 pages packed with news, previews, reviews, features and competitions, for a cover price of just €4.95. CLICK’s aim is to help its readers make informed buying decisions and get the most from their choice of entertainment.

A launch event was held in The Sycamore in Temple Bar, supported by Corona Extra. Guests included TV’s Lucy Kennedy, Chef Andrew Rudd, radio presenter Darren Kennedy, and the Irish Rat Pack’s Jason O’Callaghan who is putting the finishing touches to his new show, the Kings of Swing which will tour the country next year.

Although aimed primarily at the 18 to 35 age group, male and female, the breadth of content in CLICK will lend it a broad appeal. Published in an A4 format, 6 times annually, 20,000 copies of CLICK will hit newsstands nationally this week – via Easons, Newspread and independent channels. Tesco will offer this first issue of CLICK at a special introductory price of €3.95.

The cover of this first issue of CLICK features ‘Call of Duty 5’, one of the year’s biggest blockbuster games, and one of the many games reviewed inside. CLICK also gives the low down on the Nokia N96, compares home cinema systems, has an interview with Dylan Moran, a preview of Benjamin Button, and Lucy Kennedy lists her top ten movies.

“It’s about time that there was an Irish published magazine for Irish movies, games and gadget fans,” said Editor Mark Scanlon. “We’ve brought together the best and brightest content, in a superb package, and we’re already getting increased orders for out next issue which comes out at the end of February 2009”

Log onto www.clickmagazine.ie to see an online version of the magazine

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Little Big Planet

At the Little Big Planet launch were: 1. Gary Brennan & Robyn Macken; 2. Jason Byrne, Ray Foley, Cathy Davey & Baz Ashmawy; 3. Kate Conlon & Sheena Ryan; 4. Alexa O'Byrne & Garret Pitcher.


They say it's ASmallWorld (what do you mean you're not a member yet? It's jet-set baby!), and now it's a LittleBigPlanet after the people at Playstation have put their creative thinking caps on and come up with the latest game on the PS3. LittleBigPlanet not only enables players to play the game, but also provides them with the tools to create their own levels and share them with others on the PlayStation Network (PSN).

Comedian Jason Byrne, musician Cathy Davey, TV presenter Baz Ashmawy and DJ Ray Foley have created their very own LBP levels which are now available online and were revealed for the first time at an exclusive launch event in The Odeon, Harcourt Street last week.

Jason introduced ‘Annoyance’, a level that he says “brings out the evil” in him with a challenging mix of electric currents, fire and swinging monkeys. He’s also created a second level, ‘Gadgets’ which makes effective use of switches, bombs, rockets, hinges, springs and photos and is sure to entertain all those who play it online.

‘Baz’s Christmas Stocking’ presents a festive themed LBP level based in a winter wonderland where Sackboy has to follow Santa and deliver him some Panadol before he goes off on his Christmas eve travels.

Cathy Davey has created Oohland, a land with giant snails, monster slides, secret passages, frozen giant Oohmen, perilous plains and points a plenty.

Falling For Foley is Ray Foley’s world of puzzles, bad guys and poison gas that takes you to the four corners of the blank LittleBigPlanet canvas and manages to give players a sense of the sheer scale of possibility in the game's create mode - nothing is too small, and the only limit is your imagination!

Indeed, as big Bill Cullen would say, ya havta believe in yourself.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Vanity Rooms

At the opening of the Vanity rooms were: 1. Laura Woods and Julie Ryan; 2. Siobhan Carnegie, Aisling Kilduff and Caroline Byrne; 3. Gwen Chapple and Deborah Veale.


We all need a bit of beauty in our lives, non? True as it may be that there are a plethora of beauty salons around, it's also true that there are only a few really good ones. Etain Boyd has Urban Beauty in Rathmines for example. And then there's Vanity Rooms, the new beauty emporium in Stepaside run by two Jennifers (Butler and O'Brien) who know their nails from their toes. With over 25 years of experience between them they already have an enviable client list attending the Vanity Rooms at Rockview House.